A Cyber-Infrastructure for Supporting K-12 Engineering Education Through Robotics

William M. Mongan, William C. Regli

The Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) project created an online repository of multi-disciplinary engineering modules, with an aim to enhance engineering informatics education at the undergraduate/graduate level as well as to inspire and motivate K-12 students towards engineering disciplines. Using a Wiki as a central repository facilitated the representation and storage of these engineering artifacts for easy and universal access. Particularly, because the concept of a Wiki is well understood by students at various age levels and discipline, and because the Wiki is ubiquitous, students can access and even contribute to the modules and data available there. These modules are made available with the hope that students with negative impressions about engineering disciplines can access this information and become excited about the challenges and possibilities contained therein.

Subjects: 1.3 Computer-Aided Education; 17. Robotics

Submitted: May 5, 2008

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